Not all of the more than 250 films screening at the Toronto International Film Festival are masterworks. There are all those spaces to fill, so the quality is uneven, as anyone who's sat through Perspective Canada (pick a year, any year) can tell you. That's why you want to hang on to this essential document -- it contains more than 50 reviews by people who have no stake in the movies. Not that NOW writers are unbiased. A critic from the Middle East, for example, has a different perspective on Middle Eastern films than someone who grew up in a small Ontario city where the largest ethnic group is the Dutch. That said, view safely and remember to rehydrate. When organizing your schedule, don't forget that the one unstoppable element is time, so make sure you leave gaps between screenings for travel, rest stops and food. See you at the movies!For daily updates, see www.nowtoronto.com. - JOHN HARKNESS
Show to get tickets
IN PERSON: Pick up the program book ($29.95) and the official film schedule at the box office (Eaton Centre, level one, Yonge and Dundas entrance). The schedule is also included in this issue of NOW. Fill in your first and second choices on the ticket order form and hand it in. Orders are processed in the sequence they're received. The box office is open 8 am to 8 pm, and tickets will be ready for pickup beginning September 3.
ONLINE: Visit the Web site at www.bell.ca/filmfest
30-film coupon book: $272.85 10-film coupon book: $112.35 Daytime pass: $147.15 Single ticket: $13 (available beginning Wednesday, September 5)